Mark 500 Boden Container

Over-All Length: 69.6 in.
Body Length: N/A
Body Diameter: 18.4 in.
Wall Thickness: 0.05 in.
Tail Length: 24 in.
Tail Width: 2 in.
Total Weight: N/A

Filling: 9 or 15 single candle flares and 6 SD 2 bombs.
Fuzing: E1 Zt Z (9) A; 79; 89

SUSPENSION: Horizontal.
COLOR AND MARKINGS: Slate grey or black over-all. Stencilled between fuze pocket and suspension lug:
Mark 500 Boden
6 SD

CONSTRUCTION: This container is similar to the AB 500. The tenth flare normally carried in the AB 500 has been replaced by a subsidiary container for 6 SD 2 bombs.
    Instead of the usual opening device, the container is opened by means of a continuous strand of detonating cord (green with pink filling, thought to be penthrite) which circumscribes the container. At the juntion of the two halves.
    The subsidiary container for the 6 SD 2 bombs is anchored by the double wire cable to the U-shaped bracket positioned in the lower half of the body to one side of the internal suspension strip. The 6 SD 2 container is formed along the longitudinal axis in two halves, retained by the two steel female end caps drilled at the side to admit the thin container securing wire. Secured to each end cap is a U-shaped bracket, a 0.25-inch round bar, to which is attached the double wre cable.
    After the 6 SD 2 container falls free, it is arrested by the double wire cable. The jerk is so applied to the end cap that it suffices to break the securing wire and the end cap is pulled off. The bombs then are free to fall away.

All information for this entry were acquired from Army Technical manual TM 9-1985-2/Air Force Technical Order TO 39B-1A-9 GERMAN EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE (Bombs, Fuzes, Rockets, Land Mines, Grenades & Igniters)